As the left and the social justice mob continue to attack the profession, police departments in major cities across the country are struggling to recruit and retain officers.
The Minneapolis Police Department is hemorrhaging officers in the wake of the death of George Floyd. As of the beginning of the year, it was on track to lose 20% of its force; almost 200 officers have applied for leave because of post-traumatic stress.
But the problem is not confined to the Twin Cities. Atlanta's force is down 13%, and Baltimore, Dallas, and just about every major metropolitan city is reporting similar losses. Jason Johnson of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund says the anger and violence coming from the left and other Black Lives Matter types is taking its toll.
"The unfair scrutiny … is really driving away some of the most qualified recruits – the people that we really want, people that frankly have other career options but choose law enforcement," Johnson relays.
What is left, he says, are those who have limited other options, which is both dangerous and likely to feed into the narrative that police officers are incompetent at best. Johnson calls that an unfair stereotype.
"Incidents involving what they call police violence are very, very small," he asserts. "In fact, you're just as likely in America to be shot and killed by a police officer while unarmed as you are to be struck by lightning."
In addition to anti-police violence from the street, local, state, and federal governments are squeezing police departments from above with defunding efforts and the return of Obama-era consent decrees federalizing many local forces. And all for a made-up problem, according to Johnson.
"It's essentially an invented narrative, and people are coming up with all kinds of ideas that will simply grind policing to a halt. And we'll see these crime spikes just continue and go even higher," he warns in conclusion.